"We have big dreams for sports in Qatar," said Mr. al-Mohannadi. "We also have big goals in political affairs. They go together in this event."
Pingpong diplomacy redux →
"This is pingpong diplomacy in a 21st-century form," said Khalil al-Mohannadi, chairman of Qatar's Table Tennis Federation. "We are very committed to the idea that athletes can reach across barriers that may block politicians and diplomats."